One of the biggest perks that NBC got in their massive television contract with the NFL was the ability to flex games from earlier time slots and put them into the Sunday night slot, and they exercised that right on Tuesday morning.
Instead of kicking off at noon, the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles will now battle under the lights at Lincoln Financial Field on December 22nd, as NBC opted to flex the game into prime time. The contest will be a crucial one for both teams, as the Bears are currently tied for the top spot in the NFC North with the Detroit Lions, and the Eagles have now gone ahead of the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East division race.
The Bears have performed well on the national stage so far this season, winning nationally televised games against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3, a Thursday night showdown with the New York Giants in Week 6, a Monday night thriller over the Green Bay Packers in Week 9, and Monday's victory over the Cowboys at Soldier Field.
The quarterback battle in the Bears-Eagles game is going to be an impossible one for NFL pundits to ignore, thus adding to the intrigue. Nick Foles has been as dynamic as any other quarterback in the league in Chip Kelly's free-flowing offense, and while Jay Cutler has missed some time with ankle and groin injuries, he has also embraced Marc Trestman's offensive scheme as well.